Spoiler alert! Do not proceed in case you have not watched Thursday’s winter finale of Station 19.

The devastating however highly effective winter finale of Station 19 left the firehouse reeling and compelled to decide up the items after two of their very own have been arrested following a tense, racially-charged confrontation with police.

Titled “Out of Control,” Thursday’s hour — the primary of a two-hour crossover finale occasion with Grey’s Anatomy — introduced the off-duty firefighters of 19 to help in serving to a distraught mom reunite along with her lacking teen women, who have been being trafficked. As the episode unfolded, the scenario started to escalate between 19, the cops and the lady, reaching a boiling level when the white officers, unwilling to de-escalate the scenario, went to arrest the lady, who was Black.

Understandably pissed off and fed up with the cops’ remedy of the mom and their fellow firefighters, Dean Miller (Okieriete Onaodowan) and Robert Sullivan (Boris Kodjoe) have been arrested amid a scary, tension-filled climactic combat with the officers that might have very effectively resulted in somebody getting damage — as the remainder of 19 seemed on in horror, surprised at they’d simply witnessed. “It’s definitely quite a cliffhanger and I’m looking forward myself to seeing what happens, but also to gauging people’s reactions because it’s going to be a really impactful moment. I hope everyone is as surprised and shocked and a little scared,” Station 19 star Barrett Doss, who performs Vic Hughes, solely tells ET of the gut-punch ending.

As the actress previews, the traumatic occasions of the winter finale will pressure 19 to have some very tough conversations and brings to mild lots of issues that they have not “touched on.” In a postmortem dialogue, Doss opens up about why she initially had combined feelings concerning the episode, the ramifications Miller and Sullivan might face because of their arrests and how this expertise modifications the firehouse perpetually.

ET: When you bought the script for this winter finale, what have been your preliminary emotions? 

Barrett Doss: I had conflicting emotions about it. Of course, I used to be excited to get a script. I felt fortunate to be working. Basically two issues. I used to be thrilled that we’re starting a dialogue on our present about social justice and police brutality and the problems that Black persons are coping with in our nation, girls and women, and naturally, violence towards males by the palms of the police. It’s a really severe subject and I’m glad we’re tackling it and starting the dialog on our present about social justice. But in fact, it is also very painful. It was tough to shoot that scene. It was tough to learn that scene, realizing that this occurs to individuals on daily basis. And that Black individuals — Black girls and women, and Black males are weak. It’s painful and tough to must stroll in these footwear, and to think about that actuality close to firefighters, who, once they’re out of uniform are simply individuals. I feel, particularly on our present, we all know that Dean and Sullivan and our group are heroes. But after we’re out of uniform, we’re simply Black individuals and we’ve to reside in that pores and skin and take care of the results of dwelling in that pores and skin. And that may be harmful. It’s sadly a danger that it is simple for individuals to overlook. So yeah, it was nice and likewise scary.

Over the course of the episode, the scenario between the cops, 19 and the mom start to escalate and it reaches a boiling level ultimately. What are you proudest of when it comes to the execution of the way it performed out within the episode?

I’m largely proud that we’re doing it. I’m proud that we’re exhibiting this actuality and the way rapidly issues can escalate. That when weapons are drawn, the temperature modifications. And eager to combat for a righteous trigger typically is not sufficient to guard you. Even operating out of a literal burning constructing and holding a small baby, will not defend you. And that it may be harmful for Black individuals to exist on this planet. It does not matter who you might be. I feel that that’s one thing that, even with the occasions of the final yr, that is been occurring far longer than that. But with the social justice revolution that is occurring and the awakening that persons are starting to have, we’re reminding them that it does not matter who you might be, that there’s a group on this nation that’s extremely weak. To be capable of remind them of that and to indicate it and the way rapidly it could escalate is one thing I’m actually happy with on the present.

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Out of Station 19, Miller and Sullivan are those who get arrested, which leaves lots of unknowns for the way forward for the firehouse, and if there are ramifications for his or her arrests. What is the state of 19 on the finish of this episode? 

I am unable to say an excessive amount of. What I’ll say is that it forces a name to reexamine {our relationships} to the job, and in some circumstances, to one another. It brings in lots of questions that I do not assume we have touched on, on our present. We focus a lot on what brings these characters collectively and what retains them united as a group, we have not talked quite a bit about what makes them completely different from one another and people basic variations that a few of us stroll round with. We have queer characters on our present. We have Black characters on our present. We have combined race characters on our present. These are issues that we have not touched on with that a lot specificity and we’re stepping into these conflicts and the way a few of our identities may rub up towards the fact of doing our jobs and having the ability to do our jobs effectively. That’s what I can say about the place this goes.

And then there’s the query of whether or not this impacts Miller’s daughter Pru.

It’s fascinating. Miller has an advanced relationship along with his household, however as well as, his household has cash. So what does that go away them? Does it put the child in danger when it comes to his custody? I do not know but, however I feel these occasions will deliver a brand new form of understanding of a few of our characters’ household relationships and the way we relate not solely to our figurative household inside the firehouse, however to our precise blood kinfolk who we might or is probably not seeing a few of.

Vic and Miller are lastly again on the identical web page, however he nonetheless might have unresolved emotions for her. What do you foresee when it comes to them shifting ahead? Will that get addressed?

Certainly this example that they discover themselves in is a superb alternative that might both deliver them nearer collectively or push them additional aside. How we resolve these unresolved emotions continues to be, proper now, up within the air. But Vic nonetheless does not know, does not have any consciousness that Miller has emotions for her. And proper now her focus will likely be on ensuring he feels supported and feels secure as a result of she, as a Black lady, she understands that there’s trauma-related to what he is been by, along with her personal trauma from watching that occur. And what occurred on the precise name with the moms and the daughters and her expertise as a toddler, as a little bit Black lady, and the way that impacts her going ahead after witnessing her literal worst childhood worry.

There is a brand new boy who appears to be in Vic’s orbit in firefighter Ruiz. Does that progress within the second half of the season?

I am unable to say an excessive amount of about it, however, I’ll say, Vic has a vested curiosity in shifting sluggish proper now. She rushed right into a relationship with Jackson [on Grey’s Anatomy] and that led to some unintended penalties. She’s attempting and struggling to vary a few of her patterns as a result of she’s beginning to notice that perhaps she has some points with intimacy and the way in which she processes relationships and her relationships to different individuals. I feel that it is clever, and I’m glad she’s taking issues a little bit sluggish proper now. But there could also be some unintended penalties along with her selections going ahead. I’m trying ahead to individuals seeing that.

Station 19 returns March 4 on ABC. For extra on the collection, watch the video beneath.

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